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Tonight-More Gravy and Potatoes?? Yes Please!! 
Feb. 17, 2012 12:02 pm 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2012 12:14 pm
So I deveolped this recipe in my head based off a sheppards pie recipe my ex-boyfriends mom use to make. But I jazzed it up and I like to call it "The Poor Man's Rich Casserole". I know, I am a dork.
Here's how it goes- I brown my hamburger with season salt, garlic powder, black pepper and some onion. While I am doing this I make some instant mashed potatoes. What happens next is a well tuned orchestra of time and cooking magic. In no particular order I will make my potatoes by adding extra butter and substituting a little more milk for the water. As soon as they get done and while they are still pipping hot I add a some flavored cream cheese, like half of a small container. I have used onion and chive and I am going to try a new garlic flavor tonight specifically for cooking. Set the potatoes aside, but only after trying a bite to ensure their goodness. Then I make some gravy. I have used canned and spiced it up, but tonight I am going to try 2 gravy packet, an au jous, and a brown gravy. When the gravy is being made I will add extra beef boullion and also some worchestershire sauce. Maybe a dash of garlic powder or onion powder depending on the flavor. I am always a firm believer that you need to try your recipe as you are cooking it.
SO, now everything is prepared. Now we need to turn it into a casserole. I take my larger casserole dish and put the hamburger and the gravy in the bottom (you should probably spray with cooking coating) and mix it all together. Then I take a can of cream corn and a can of regular niblets and mix them in a bowl and pread them over the beef and gravy mixture. Finally I spoon my potatoes on top and make a smooth topping for my delicous casserole. I usually leave just a little bit of space around a couple of the edges for heat and air. Then I stick it in the oven on 350-375 and bake that baby until everything is heated thru and the potatoes are starting to get a little crispy brown. About 45 or so minutes depending on your oven.

I have only made this once before but it was amazing. I am making some changes to the recipe this time by switching up the gravy combination, by using a combo of niblet corn and cream corn, and also by using the garlic cream cheese as opposed to the chive and onion. I think it will be good. With these ingrediants, how can it be bad. I may be a poor man but I will definnitely feel rich by eating this delight!!!

Note: I realize there is a theme to my food so far-mainly potatoes, corn, beef, and gravy. Stay tuned. I will switch it up. Promise!
Feb. 17, 2012 12:14 pm
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I started cooking after getting married. My husband insisted I look into some cookbooks after serving up some horrible meals. I am about ready to graduate from college and move into a new home where I am super excited to entertain. I never knew I would enjoy cooking so much! I now am that woman that people look for her food at parties :)
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I like cooking down home meals, meals that you grew up with but my own spin on them with different spices and i try to take things and make them just a little healthier. I just started expermenting with desserts!
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My mother and father always made down home good for the soul foods. In large batches too!! I took that with me and now it is just me and my husband and I cook for an army. It's okay- I Love leftovers
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I have had so many firsts over the past couple of years. This Thanksgiving I made desserts for the first time and they were a hit. My favorite though is when i make something and my husband says "that's the best I have ever eaten."
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The first pot of chili I made. My first curry. My first roast which was a bloody mess.
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